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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Move over Raisins, Make Room for Dried Longan's!!

Another great find at the Asian Market! We have a list of about 6 markets in Houston that we are working our way through. Our latest visit landed us some dried longan.

I have seen it canned at other markets but this was the first time I found it dried. It looks like a single serve size of raisins and really the dried longan reminded us immediately of raisins. When we started project elimination raisins were a food that Abby reacted to- no matter how clean.

We have been using diced dried figs and really have enjoyed them to the point we don't miss raisins.

Last night we opened the box- of course Abby hands the box to me to sample first! She and I tend to react to similar foods and through me testing new foods first we can rule out some of the danger. WOW! These were an instant hit. Every one we ate seemed to have a different facet of flavor.. chewy like a raisin, smooth and with the depth and sweetness like a date. Not as sweet as figs and not as acidic as raisins. We are going to have to eat them a few more times to nail what exactly they remind us of, but what we loved is from the first bite we felt like we had to have eaten them before, and had missed them!

These are high in C, potassium, and low calorie! Extra caution in knowing the source as it is not uncommon to find these may have preservatives. I took a look on Amazon and there were plenty of options, even organic.

One or two more servings before we know whether they can be included more frequently, but for now we are just happy she isn't allergic- holding our breath she isn't going to have a delayed reaction or an intolerance to them.

I did google for recipes. They are often used in Chinese cooking and part of their herbal remedies. A lot of Chinese soups popped up, however I suspect our stash of dried longans will be consumed via cookies not soup!

A bit of information from Nature Cure website

Health Benefits Of Longan Fruit

Longan fruit which closely resembles lychee fruit is referred as “little brother of the lychee”. It tastes good similar to lychee and has dull brown colored skin. Longan fruit holds less importance as it is not edible much and used in medicine alone. The
health benefits of longan fruit
are due to its medicinal effects.

The fruit is globose with musky, sweet, translucent and whitish flesh. The seed of longan fruit is shiny, round, black with a circular spot giving the appearance of an eye.

health benefits of longan fruit
are contributed by its high mineral and nutrient content. It has vitamins A,C, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron in excess.

Following are longan fruit health benefits:
The juice made from longan fruit is very effective in
treating stomach pains, amnesia and insomnia
The decoction of dried longan is beneficial for
neurasthenic neurosis
(nervous disorder characterized by fatigue, weakness, pains and exhaustion).
Longan fruit helps effectively in
stimulating spleen and heart
condition thus, rejuvenates blood circulation and provides soothing effect on nervous system.
The seeds of longan are beneficial in
treating snake bites
. In Vietnam, it is believed that pressing the eye against the snakebite area absorbs the venom and thus, bite is cured.
On regular consumption of dried longan fruit, it provides soothing effect on nerves and thus promotes
good sleep
According to the Chinese medicine, dried longan is very beneficial in enhancing blood circulation, heart, nerve, complexion, stress, digestion, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue and prevents forgetfulness.
The seeds contain a component called, saponin that is very
effective for hair
and can be used as a shampoo.
Longan fruit is also beneficial in protecting the body system from the risk of certain health illnesses related to:
Intellectual abilities
Women’s reproductive organs
Hyperactive mental activity
Cravings for sweets


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